World of Warcraft Allowed Partial Relaunch in China

From PC World:

China will allow popular online game World of Warcraft to be relaunched for some players in the country after weeks offline, but it will still require changes to objectionable game content.

The game will be allowed to restart operations on July 30, nearly two months after its downtime began, but only previously registered players will be allowed to play, state media said late Tuesday.

World of Warcraft initially went offline while Blizzard Entertainment, the game’s creator, switched local operators to Chinese Internet company NetEase. But China requires new operators of foreign online games to apply for a license and submit the games for content screening. World of Warcraft will not be allowed a full relaunch until that process is completed.

July 22, 2009, 9:29 PM
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